The Demise Of Katya

By Craig Ricker

In Russia, girls like Katya typically come to a bitter end.  Her parents divorced when she was sixteen, her father sold the family apartment and disappeared and her mother soon followed.  Katya celebrated her seventeenth birthday alone and without a legal residence.


Katya, through force of character, fought off the pimps, white slave traders and jerks who wanted to make her a kept woman.  She got a room in a communal flat, enrolled herself in the university and worked two jobs.  At the age of twenty she was beginning her fourth year in the university, had enough money and even sent herself to a resort in Egypt with her girl friends.  Then the crises hit.


In the last six months, the ruble has lost half of its value, salaries have dropped in half, prices have risen on everything and Katya found herself  juggling three jobs, two paying  $150 a month each and another paying $250.  Two of her jobs did not pay her salary for two months then told her they would never pay and fired her.


Finally she slipped under.  She dropped out of the university, was two months late on rent with the landlord saying pay now or leave now.  As a rule, Katya never barrowed money.  This time she called me and cried “help”.  I met her on the street and it was clear she had not eaten in days.  I gave her rent money and something for living.  We walked into a super market and I bought her a loaf of bread and a baked chicken.  I made sure she understood she did not owe me anything, did not have to pay me back and sent her on her way.

How does an intelligent, hard working girl of the finest character like Katya find herself starving and nearly homeless in a country with unlimited resources?  It wasn’t any harder than going down on the Titanic.  The leadership drove Russia into an iceberg.


The question is this: was America driven into the same iceberg but with a bigger ship that is sinking more slowly?


Let’s look at the facts.  After the 1998 collapse in Russia, it was cheap credit from the west and inflated commodity prices that floated the Russian economy up.  In the last fifteen years the authorities have not allowed a real economy to develop in spite of Russian people’s great desire to do so.  Now the cheap credit and high commodity prices are gone and the absence of a real economy has left Russians swimming in the north Atlantic.


The real economy in America was shipped to communist China by Henry Kissinger and the cheap credit has also disappeared.  As the American ship sinks are there really any life boats?


The only difference between the two stories is that the Russian ship sank in a matter of months and it will take a few years for the American ship to go down.  Are Americans ready to swim for their lives?



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